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Entries in Eighth Grade (7)

Friday
Oct122018

With A Star is Born going 'Drama' where does that leave the 'Musical/Comedy' race at the Golden Globes?

by Nathaniel R

Perhaps you've heard that both A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody will being competing as Dramas rather than Musicals at the Globes. That's a fairly shocking move since dramatic biopics about musicians generally campaign as "Musical or Comedy" -- think Walk the Line, Ray, Beyond the Sea, Coal Miner's Daughter. Presumably Warner Bros has bought into the stigma that "Comedy or Musical" is the lesser category which is really unfortunate because it's one of the best things about the Globes. The Comedy or Musical prizes are filled with great stuff that Oscar SHOULD have recognized throughout the years.

The Globes really ought to have consistency with who they allow to compete where but since they don't, it's a savvy move on Warner Bros part especially in the field of 'Best Actress, Drama' where Glenn Close's campaign probably felt that the win was all but locked up until Lady Gaga (already a Globe favorite) muscled in. Glenn Close has won two Globes herself so it's not like the Globes don't like her but it's worrying that the Globes have only given her prizes for her TV work. Like Oscar they went in other directions every time she was up for movie roles during her highly popular 1980s run. As for Bohemian Rhapsody it's a strange choice since Rami Malek will probably have a tougher time breaking into Best Actor, Drama... 

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Tuesday
Aug072018

Podcast: Mission Impossible - Eighth Grade!

An intimate convo this week as Nathaniel R welcomes Murtada Elfadl to the podcast. (Apologies for the oddly imbalanced sound - still fiddling with the equipment, wondering why we're so cursed!)


Index (42 minutes)
00:01 Desiree Akhavan's The Miseducation of Cameron Post
10:10 Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Tom Cruise's ego
21:05 Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham, and authenticity
33:00 Sorry to Bother You and LaKeith Stanfield
39:00 August is a really good month for movies for once!

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunesContinue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 

M:I - Eighth Grade

Thursday
Aug022018

Blueprints: "Eighth Grade"

While we’re still caught in a wave of summer releases, Jorge takes a look at the script for what has become the indie comedy darling of the moment.

Capturing the essence of a teenager on screen is not easy. Since most screenwriters are decades removed from that time in their lives when they develop their scripts, the language and sentiment around it can feel removed or separate from reality. If this was true during the teen comedy heyday of the 80s, it’s even truer today, when the quickly evolving culture and technology make even a couple years’ difference a generational gap with young people...

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Friday
Jul272018

Review Catch-up: Eighth Grade, Ant-Man and the Wasp, etc...

by Nathaniel R

A few recent major pictures we didn't post full reviews on. Oops. Let's take them in order of preference...

Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
Synopsis: A slice of life in middle school as an introverted teenager with an unwatched YouTube channel tries to survive eighth grade. 
Capsule: Such is the miracle of this movie that I felt pangs of recognition all throughout it even though I am basically the dad's age and not the daughter's, and also not a parent. I went to middle school a million years ago and so much about life as a teenager has changed radically since then. We didn't have social media, cel phones, and gun drills when I was a teenager...

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Friday
Jul272018

Tweetweek: "Eighth Grade" Causes All the Feelings...

Let's begin with a perpetually relevant tweet

And don't you love it when one celebrity says something on twitter and another turns it into a funny joke with a reply?!

AFTER THE JUMP sound advice from RuPaul, a funny joke about the Thor franchise, Jeff Goldblum statue, and much more in a curated sampling of good tweets for you that ends with a ton of thoughts on Eighth Grade because the movie is a modern miracle. Go see it!...

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Sunday
Jul222018

Box Office: Here "Mamma Mia!" goes again, to #2 on the charts

by Nathaniel R

In a surprising turn of events Mamma Mia! 2 couldn't inch past Equalizer 2 despite a much higher-grossing preceding film. The absence of Meryl versus the presence of Denzel musta tipped it because it was super close with a 34/35 million battle! Much closer than last time around when Mamma Mia! faced off with The Dark Knight on its own opening weekend back in 2008 for a 27/158 million opening weekend.

In limited release theaters were packed for two new films, the fashion doc McQueen, and the new police brutality drama Blindspotting, while A24's deeply felt and delightfully awkward Eighth Grade had a great second weekend.  What did you see this weekend?

Weekend Box Office Estimates
(July 20th-22nd)

W I D E
800+ screens
L I M I T E D
excluding prev. wide
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Eighth Grade
1.๐Ÿ”บ THE EQUALIZER 2 $35.8 *NEW*
1. ๐Ÿ”บ THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS $1.4 on 332 screens (cum. $4.5) REVIEW
2. ๐Ÿ”บMAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN $34.3 *NEW* REVIEW 2. ๐Ÿ”บ LEAVE NO TRACE  $895k on 361 screens (cum. $3.6) TRAILER DISCUSSION
3.  HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 $23.1 (cum. $91) 
3.  ๐Ÿ”บEIGHTH GRADE $794k on 33 screens (cum. $1.1)
4. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP $16.1 (cum. $164.6) 
4.  ๐Ÿ”บ BLINDSPOTTING $332k on 14 screens *NEW*
5. THE INCREDIBLES 2 $11.5 (cum. $557.3)
5. ๐Ÿ”บ DON'T WORRY HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT $265k on 62 screens (cum. $380k)
Sorry to Bother You McQueen
6. JURASSIC WORLD FALLEN KINGDOM  $11 (cum. $383.9)  REVIEW 6. ๐Ÿ”บ SANJU $220k on 112 screens (cum. $7.6) 
7. SKYSCRAPER $10.9 (cum. $46.7) 7. RBG  $168k on 116 screens  (cum. $13.1)
8. THE FIRST PURGE $4.9 (cum. $60.1)
8. WHITNEY  $118k on 117 screens (cum. $2.7) 
9. ๐Ÿ”บ UNFRIENDED DARK WEB  $3.4 *NEW* 9. ๐Ÿ”บ MCQUEEN $96k on 4 screens *NEW* REVIEW
10. SORRY TO BOTHER YOU  $2.8 (cum. $10.2)  REVIEW 10. SOORMA $78k on 50 screens (cum. $328K) 
๐Ÿ”บ = new or expanding its theater count
numbers (in millions unless otherwise noted) from box office mojo